Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows



To read an excerpt go here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90251891

About the book from the Random House website:


“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

Visit the website for more information and extras: http://www.guernseyliterary.com/

My Review: I loved this book. It is going on my favorites of 2008 list. I bought it at Barnes and Noble because of a review I read online at Kay's blog: http://myrandomactsofreading.blogspot.com/2008/08/guernsey-literary-and-potato-peel-pie.html

Even though this is a fiction book I learned some about the history of Guernsey and WWII. I could tell the authors did their homework. I have waited to write this review because I did not feel like I had the words to describe and express it to my readers. I still don't but I loved this book and I want to highly recommend it. :)

P.S. I was inspired to read 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff which is nonfiction from reading this book. It is great too. :)

1 comment:

____Maggie said...

Sounds good, and I too want to read 84 Charing Cross Road now! :)